Carve Tahoe Snow Sculpture Event

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Over the last several days, an international array of world-class snow sculptors has descended upon the Northstar California Resort at South Lake Tahoe to compete in the first Carve Tahoe event. Sculptors from the United States, Canada, Germany, Finland, and Japan brought their three-person teams to Northstar Village to sculpt forms from massive 20-ton blocks of snow. Carving started February 8, and by deadline on the morning of the 12th, all the teams had worked through the night to complete their sculptures for a panel of judges to review at 10am.

Heading up the panel was AAU Sculpture Chair Lawrence Noble, who was honored to play such an important role in an international event promoting sculpture. “It was an opportunity to enjoy a shared passion of sculpture in a magical setting and bear witness to incredible forms created out of and placed into the environment,” said Noble. “It is a world-class setting with world-class participants.”

After deliberating for nearly two hours, the judges arrived at a consensus — first, second and third place winners were chosen, to be announced at 3pm on Wednesday.

UPDATE: Winners have been announced!!

FIRST:

Lawrence peers up at "Four Elements" by Team Germany

Lawrence peers up at “Four Elements” by Team Germany

SECOND:

"Heart to Heart" by Team Japan

“Heart to Heart” by Team Japan

THIRD:

Lawrence Noble reviews the sculpture from Team USA Idaho/Bonner’s Ferry called "Endangered Bears"

Lawrence Noble reviews the sculpture from Team USA Idaho/Bonner’s Ferry called “Endangered Bears”

ARTISTS’ CHOICE:

"Secret Forest" from Team Finland

“Secret Forest” from Team Finland

PEOPLE’S CHOICE:

"Rising Tide" by Team USA California - Truckee

“Rising Tide” by Team USA California – Truckee

OTHER CONTENDERS:

A carver from Team USA/Canada adds some last-minute refinements to "The Stand"

A carver from Team USA/Canada adds some last-minute refinements to “The Stand”

"Dance of the Firebird" from Team USA Wisconsin

“Dance of the Firebird” from Team USA Wisconsin

"Sweet House (of Madness)" by Team USA Idaho - Dunham

“Sweet House (of Madness)” by Team USA Idaho – Dunham

Trophies await in the Carve Tahoe lounge where sculptors can relax, drink some Sapporo and share stories with fellow carvers

Trophies await in the Carve Tahoe lounge where sculptors can relax, drink some Sapporo and share stories with fellow carvers

The judges deliberate

The judges deliberate

His Noble Highness on a frozen throne outside the Carve Tahoe lounge

His Noble Highness on a frozen throne outside the Carve Tahoe lounge

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